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Monday, February 25, 2008

Local PDA chapter endorses Steve Harrison

I have been traveling for several days without internet access, sorry for the light coverage.

The local chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has endorsed Steve Harrison;

The local chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, representing the 13th Congressional District, voted tonight to unanimously endorse Steve Harrison for Congress at a meeting at the Armory Inn in Westerleigh. At the meeting, Steve Harrison spoke about the importance of defending the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the need to create real energy independence in the United States, including revitalizing our manufacturing capabilities in the process. After his talk, he fielded several questions in a lively Q&A session. In answering the PDA candidate questionnaire, Mr. Harrison responded, “Our current Congressperson, Vito Fossella, poorly represents our district. As NYC's only House Republican, Fossella votes with Bush and against our interests 90% of the time. He supports Bush's fiscal policy that has cut critical middle class programs, while bankrupting this country. And he wants to indefinitely continue the failed war in Iraq, which costs us billions of dollars and countless American lives.”

Steve Harrison’s challenger for the Democratic nomination, Domenic Recchia, was invited to the meeting but did not attend.

Formed in January 2005, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) works to build a Democratic Party controlled by citizens – with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. It is a grassroots PAC that works inside the Democratic Party, and in coalition with other groups working to end the war in Iraq, advocate for health care for all, ensure clean elections, and slow global warming.

PDA played a key role in the stunning electoral victories of Democratic Congressional candidates of November 2006. The 13th Congressional District Chapter of PDA was started in January 2008 to bring attention to the 2008 local congressional election.

Steve is quickly wrapping up the activist support in the district with the recent SIDA endorsement, the DFNYC activity (no endorsement yet) and now this. I am curious to see if the local PDA group can give this race some attention with their national group. PDA was very active with the Donna Edwards race in MD-04 where she knocked off a Democratic incumbent thanks in large part to tremendous activist support both in terms of money and volunteers on the ground.

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